A former English Premier League and Sydney FC star is returning to Australia to coach the A-League All Stars against Barcelona.

Former Manchester United star Dwight Yorke will coach the A-League All Stars team taking on world football giants Barcelona in Sydney next month.

Yorke, who was part of the Sydney FC side that won the inaugural A-League title in season 2005-06, is nowadays based in Dubai and is keen to embark on a coaching career after securing his UEFA Pro Licence coaching badges.

“I loved playing in the A-League at its inception and I cannot wait to be back in front of the fans in Sydney,” said 50-yeat-old Yorke, has also been linked to the Perth Glory coaching role next season.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase some of the A-League’s best men’s talent against one of the world’s biggest clubs and it is an honour to be welcomed back to Australia for this role.”

Australian Professional Leagues chief executive Danny Townsend said Yorke was the “ideal person” to coach the All Stars in the May 25 clash at Accor Stadium.

“Dwight is … a former player with an incredible footballing pedigree and first-hand experience of playing Australian football,” Townsend said.

“The All Stars are back for the first time since 2014 and we are going to put on the best possible show for fans in Sydney.”

Yorke’s assistant coaches and the All Stars squad selection process will be announced in the coming weeks.

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